This Week in Matrix 2020-04-09

09.04.2020 00:00 — This Week in Matrix Ben Parsons

Open Tech Will Save Us #1

This week we held the first in a series of virtual meetup events, Open Tech Will Save Us.

We were really excited to make this event feel like a real meetup - with a live chat, and interactivity from the chance to ask questions of the speakers. There was a great response, with participants in a 100+ user room chatting about the talks and generally adding to the atmosphere.

Lineup included:

  • Saúl Ibarra Corretgé from Jitsi on the rapid growth they've experienced since the start of the 2020 crisis
  • David Dias from IPFS introducing gossipsub in libp2p, including the security hardening work that they've been putting into v1.1!
  • Valère, from Matrix and Riot, who presented on the importance of UX and cross-signing keys in end-to-end encrypted communications.

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa said:

Here's your weekly spec update!

MSC Status

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs were merged this week

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs are currently in FCP

New MSCs:

Spec Core Team

This week the Spec Core Team will be focusing on MSC2457 (password invalidation), MSC2454 (SSO UI Auth), and MSC2472 (Symmetric SSSS), which each have proposed FCPs in flight.

Before next TWIM we'll be carrying out a long-overdue retro to go over how we've been doing in the last few months. We'll then continue to do those regularly once a month and post conclusions from those meetings here.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Conduit (New Rust Homeserver)

timo told us:

This week was really successful for the homeserver project. Not only does event sending and syncing work properly, but creating/joining rooms, state events and the public room directory works as well. But the biggest archievement I made this week is Riot support.

Big thanks to MTRNord for fixing bugs in Riot web and deploying an instance of Riot with all patches applied and to jplatte and @iinuwa for improving the ruma libraries.

Today we did the first actual test of the new homeserver. We had ~5 people sending and syncing messages in a room and all of them were able to send messages almost instantly. We'll see how well that scales when we implement federation in the future.

Check out the repository on https://git.koesters.xyz/timo/conduit and our Matrix room on #conduit:koesters.xyz. If you want to try out the server yourself, you can try to connect to it using https://riot.nordgedanken.de/#/register (though it might be offline when you read this)

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Dendrite / gomatrixserverlib

Neil Alexander told us:

  • Support code for version 3 and version 4 rooms has now been merged.

Synapse

Neil told us:

The main focus continues to be performance and we are starting to make good progress in figuring out how to split out and shard the event streams. This is a project where most of the bang will come all at once, rather than there being multiple small incremental improvements.

Aside from that we continue to improve the SSO experience, landing UIA support for CAS providers. We also made a small change to the default behaviour so that only room admins can enable e2ee (applies to new rooms only).

Next week, is more of the same. Expect a few short term performance improvements (specifically to help with cross signing UX) and more SSO support.

Dept of Bridges 🌉

Gitea webhooks bridge

s7evink told us:

As of this PR Gitea has the ability to directly send webhooks to Matrix. Currently it's only in the master branch, but should be in Gitea 1.12.0 which is due by May.

script for forwarding unread Wilma messages to Matrix

mijutu said:

I wrote a script for forwarding unread Wilma messages to Matrix. Wilma is a website and mobile app for teacher-parent communication. Download the script from https://k2c42.dy.fi/git/wilmatrix.git and give feedback at #wilmatrix:ellipsis.fi

mijutu seems to lament:

Recently Wilma usage increased from occasional messages to everyday messages, so I had to do something.

vurpo gave us some background:

Wilma has been widely used and well-known in Finland for over a decade, but not sure how well-known it is elsewhere?
There was just an article (not in English) about the origins of Wilma, that was interesting
So someone got an Amiga in the 80s and decided to make a scheduling program for their local school, and add a bit of time and now there is a web interface, login for students, teachers, and parents with messaging, homework, grades and everything

mautrix-facebook and mautrix-hangouts

Tulir told us:

As promised last week, mautrix-facebook and mautrix-hangouts now support end-to-bridge encryption. It works the same way in all bridges, so the instructions from the mautrix-telegram wiki work for all of them.

👨‍💻 IRC Bridge

Half-Shot reported:

Hello everyone. The IRC bridge has hit 0.17.0-rc1. This release is lighter than past releases, but fixes a few nasty bugs. Please test and report back :)

Highlights include:

  • Disconnect a PM room from IRC when another user is invited, and disallow invites to PM rooms.

  • On name change, inform Matrix users, if their preferred IRC name is taken.

  • Add ability to deactivate users permanently via the DebugAPI.

  • Two bugfixes on the !storepass feature, both bugs would cause the user to be unable to use the bridge 😟.

mx-puppet-bridge

mx-puppet-bridge is a general bridging library that supports (double)bridging and relays. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for others to bridge new third-party protocols to matrix. Support room Donate

sorunome offered:

Soo.....mx-puppet-bridge also supports plumbed rooms now. That means that this one little library supports all types of bridges mentioned in https://matrix.org/bridges/ Yay!

Skype bridge in matrix-docker-ansible-deploy

Slavi told us:

Thanks to Rodrigo Belem's efforts, matrix-docker-ansible-deploy now supports bridging to Skype via the mx-puppet-skype bridge. See our Setting up MX Puppet Skype bridging documentation page for getting started.

ofono SMS/MMS bridge

Somehow it seems we never previously featured untidylamp's ofono SMS/MMS bridge. This is a Python3 project to bridge Matrix and SMS/MMS messages via ofono.

They say:

I'm running this with ubuntu touch on my nexus 5. The goal is to have this hosted on my PinePhone.

integration for Kallithea

andrewsh announced:

speaking of integrations, I wrote an infra-basic integration for Kallithea three years ago: https://kallithea-scm.org/repos/integration/matrix

Dept of Clients 📱

Riot Web

Ryan said:

v1.5.16-rc.1 is now available at https://riot.im/staging with quite a few things, including:

  • default in-app home page for new users

  • a simpler SSO sign in flow

  • SSO user authentication support for flows like removing sessions (requires homeserver support as well)

  • better read marker behaviour for grouped events like room creation

  • support for Jitsi configuration via .well-known from the homeserver

  • lots of cross-signing polish

Overall, the team is focused on finishing up cross-signing which is targeting release next week (assuming there are no surprises). 🎉

RiotX

valere said:

Wild SQLDelight migration branches popup'ed in PR

Main Focus is still on getting cross-signing out No release this week, but here is develop change log:

Develop Change log:

Features ✨:

  • Cross-Signing | Bootstrapping cross signing with 4S from mobile (#985)

Improvements 🙌:

  • Cross-Signing | Setup key backup as part of SSSS bootstrapping (#1201)

  • Cross-Signing | Gossip key backup recovery key (#1200)

  • Show room encryption status as a bubble tile (#1078)

Bugfix 🐛:

  • Cross- Signing | After signin in new session, verification paper trail in DM is off (#1191)

  • Failed to encrypt message in room (message stays in red), [thanks to pwr22] (#925)

  • Cross-Signing | web <-> riotX After QR code scan, gossiping fails (#1210)

gomuks

Tulir told us:

gomuks got some minor improvements:

  • commands to download and open any files (rather than just images like before)

  • a toggle for markdown and html input

Riot-iOS

Manu said:

We continued to improve the implementation of cross-signing. One of added features is the gossip of the private key of the key backup: when you complete the security on a new sign-in, this new device automatically retrieves all message keys from your key backup. All your e2ee history is available with no additional effort.

Meanwhile, we have been updating the Riot iOS codebase to better support iOS 13 SDK and Xcode 11.x. Check https://github.com/vector-im/riot-ios/milestone/32 for the progress of this work.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

libQuotient 0.6 beta

kitsune announced:

libQuotient 0.6 beta is out - developers and packagers are most welcome to try it out and iron the wrinkles before the release. This release is not too different from libQMatrixClient 0.5.3 that already incorporated many fixes from the main line; however, it includes: the new name (libQuotient, that is); proper rate-limiting (wait times advised by the homeserver are respected); the library is less prone to crash at logout and closing a connection; and, finally, initial work on E2EE done over the last year's Google Summer of Code is included in the library now. The list is fairly brief, as I didn't have too much time to work on Quotient in the last 6 months; but now that my switching jobs and continents is more or less complete, we're going to move faster.

ruma

jplatte reported:

Endpoints are continually being updated, and instead of just repeating this vague statement again and again, here is a number: at least 60% of our endpoint definitions are up-to-date with r0.6.0.

We're also getting lots of feedback from conduit's development. Some of things we're now planning to change based on that will require large-scale refactorings that haven't yet started, but will hopefully happen in the coming months.

matrix-rust-sdk progress

poljar said:

The matrix-rust-sdk is steadily progressing, improvements have been made on many fronts thanks to devinr528 (better event emitting, easier tests, room name calculation...).

The encryption side of things has been going on as well and a sneak peek can be found here https://streamable.com/xjb83d#

Dept of Ops 🛠

matrix-docker-ansible-deploy Jitsi

Slavi announced:

matrix-docker-ansible-deploy's Jitsi setup has seen lots of improvements around authentication, thanks to teutat3s. Refer to our Jitsi docs page for getting started or to learn how to rebuild your existing Jitsi installation in a more secure manner.

I asked: does this include the most recent version? https://jitsi.org/news/features-update-april-2020/

Slavi said:

it should! We've updated all Jitsi images today and reworked some things, due to a new release from the Jitsi guys, which fixes some security issues.

Dept of Bots 🤖

Send Sentry issues to a Matrix room

jaywink offered:

If you want your Sentry issues to a Matrix room, there is now a new bot for that: https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-sentry-webhooks . Currently it supports a simple "projects to rooms" mapping and should work with both legacy webhook integrations and integration platform webhooks.

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server. Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1gottliebtfreitag.de403
2maescool.be469
3nerdsin.space503
4envs.net512.5
5lyseo.edu.ouka.fi544
6maunium.net576
7imninja.net577
8matrix.vgorcum.com697
9kapsi.fi751.5
10chat.matrix4me.de913

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

Running your own secure communication service with Matrix and Jitsi

06.04.2020 00:00 — General Matthew Hodgson

Hi all,

Over the last few weeks there's been huge increase in interest from folks wanting the security and autonomy of running their remote collaboration services, rather than being at the mercy of traditional proprietary centralised apps. Meanwhile, the Matrix.org homeserver has been very overloaded (although we're at last making excellent progress in radically improving Synapse's performance) - so it's particularly important right now to help folks run their own servers.

Therefore we're very happy to announce that it's easier than ever before now to self-host your own video conferencing alongside Riot & Synapse: as of Riot/Web 1.5.15 (released last week), it's now a single config option to point Riot at a specific Jitsi rather than needing to hook up to an integration manager!

Meanwhile, over the last 18 months, it's got easier and easier to run your own Matrix deployments: the Debian packages are unrecognisably better now, and with .well-known URL support it's trivial to set up federation without needing to worry about complicated DNS, TLS or load balancer configurations.

So, to try to show off just how smooth this has become, we thought we'd do a run-through video showing installing Synapse, Riot & Jitsi on a completely fresh Debian install. It's (almost) filmed in a single shot, and takes about 20 minutes from beginning to end.

Please note that this does assume you're pretty familiar with Linux system administration. If you're not, then we'd recommend using a Matrix hosting provider such as Modular.im (which directly supports development of the core team), Ungleich.ch, or StartupStack.

Finally, while the video shows how to install on Debian via Debian packages, there are many many other environments and architectures (e.g. installing under Docker) - this is just one relatively easy way to skin the cat. Perhaps there will be other 'speed-run' videos in future :)

If you want to follow along at home without listening to the video (and I can't blame you if you do ;) the high level steps are as follows:

Debian & DNS

  • Take one fresh Debian 10 install.
  • Point the DNS for your domain to it. You should use separate subdomains for the various services as a hygiene measure to make cross-site scripting attacks less effective. In this example, we set up DNS for:
    • dangerousdemos.net (general website, and for hosting a .well-known path to advertise the Matrix service)
    • matrix.dangerousdemos.net (Synapse)
    • riot.dangerousdemos.net (Riot/Web)
    • jitsi.dangerousdemos.net (Jitsi video conferencing)
    • In practice, we used a *.dangerousdemos.net wildcard DNS record for the three subdomains in this instance.

Nginx and LetsEncrypt

  • Install nginx as a webserver: apt-get update && apt -y install nginx
  • Go to /etc/nginx/sites-enabled and copy the vhost configuration block from the bottom of default to new files called dangerousdemos.net, matrix.dangerousdemos.net, and riot.dangerousdemos.net. We don't set up jitsi.dangerousdemos.net at this point as the jitsi installer handles it for us.
    • Rename the server_name field in the new files to match the hostname of each host, and point root to an appropriate location per domain (e.g. /var/www/dangerousdemos.net for the main domain, or /var/www/riot.dangerousdemos.net/riot for riot)
    • For the Synapse domain (matrix.dangerousdemos.net here), you should replace the contents of the location block with proxy_pass http://localhost:8008; - telling nginx to pass the traffic through to synapse, which listens by default for plaintext HTTP traffic on port 8008. (N.B. do not put a trailing slash on the URL here, otherwise nginx will mangle the forwarded URLs.)
  • Enable TLS via LetsEncrypt on nginx, by: apt install -y python3-certbot-nginx && certbot --nginx -d dangerousdemos.net -d riot.dangerousdemos.net -d matrix.dangerousdemos.net (or whatever your domains are).
  • You should be able to go to https://dangerousdemos.net at this point and see a page with valid HTTPS.

Synapse

  • Then, install Synapse via Debian packages using the instructions at https://github.com/matrix-org/synapse/blob/master/INSTALL.md#debianubuntu (see below). If you're not on Debian, keep an eye out for all the other OSes we support too!
    • You should specify the server name to be the domain you want in your matrix IDs - i.e. dangerousdemos.net in this example.
    • Please report anonymous aggregate stats to us so we can gauge uptake and help justify funding for Matrix!
sudo apt install -y lsb-release wget apt-transport-https
sudo wget -O /usr/share/keyrings/matrix-org-archive-keyring.gpg https://packages.matrix.org/debian/matrix-org-archive-keyring.gpg
echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/matrix-org-archive-keyring.gpg] https://packages.matrix.org/debian/ $(lsb_release -cs) main" |
    sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/matrix-org.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install matrix-synapse-py3
  • You should now be able to go to https://matrix.dangerousdemos.net and see a valid "It works! Synapse is running" page.

  • Then, you should enable registration on your synapse by switching enable_registration: true in /etc/matrix-synapse/homeserver.yaml and restarting synapse via systemctl restart matrix-synapse.

  • Now you need to tell the rest of Matrix how to find your server. The easiest way to do this is to publish a file at https://dangerousdemos.net/.well-known/matrix/server which tells everyone the hostname and port where they can find the synapse for dangerousdemos.net - in this instance, it's matrix.dangerousdemos.net:443:

mkdir -p /var/www/dangerousdemos.net/.well-known/matrix
cd /var/www/dangerousdemos.net/.well-known/matrix
echo '{ "m.server": "matrix.dangerousdemos.net:443" }' > server
  • Alternatively, you could advertise the server via DNS, if you don't have write access to /.well-known on your main domain. However, to prove you are allowed to host the Matrix traffic for dangerousdemos.net, you would have to configure nginx to use the dangerousdemos.net TLS certificate for the matrix.dangerousdemos.net vhost (i.e. the "wrong" one), and in general we think that /.well-known is much easier to reason about. In this case you would advertise the server with an SRV record like this:
_matrix._tcp.dangerousdemos.net. 300    IN  SRV 10 5 443 matrix.dangerousdemos.net.

Riot/Web

  • Then, install Riot/Web. Grab the latest .tgz release from https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/releases. You should check its GnuPG signature too:
mkdir /var/www/riot.dangerousdemos.net
cd /var/www/riot.dangerousdemos.net
wget https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/releases/download/v1.5.15/riot-v1.5.15.tar.gz

# check its GnuPG signature (particularly advisable, given Riot is what stores
# your end-to-end encryption keys)
apt install -y gnupg
wget https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/releases/download/v1.5.15/riot-v1.5.15.tar.gz.asc

# grab the signing key for the riot releases repository, ideally from a keyserver...
gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --search-keys [email protected]

# ...and/or you can grab or cross-check the signing key from packages.riot.im
wget https://packages.riot.im/riot-release-key.asc
gpg --import riot-release-key.asc

gpg --verify riot-v1.5.15.tar.gz.asc
# hopefully this will report "Good signature", even though it won't know to trust the riot release key.

# you could also choose to explicitly trust the key by editing it, entering 'trust' and then '5' for ultimate trust.
gpg --edit-key 74692659bda3d940

tar -xzvf riot-v1.5.15.tar.gz
ln -s riot-v1.5.15 riot
chown www-data:www-data -R riot
cd riot
cp config.sample.json config.json
  • You then tweak the config.json to change the base_url of the homeserver to be https://matrix.dangerousdemos.net (i.e. where to find the Client Server API for your server), and change the server_name to be dangerousdemos.net (i.e. the name of your server).
  • You should then be able to go to https://riot.dangerousdemos.net, register for an account, sign in, and talk to the rest of Matrix!

Jitsi

echo 'deb https://download.jitsi.org stable/' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jitsi-stable.list
wget -qO -  https://download.jitsi.org/jitsi-key.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get -y install jitsi-meet
  • We give the installer the hostname jitsi.dangerousdemos.net. Make sure this DNS is already set up, otherwise the installer will fail!

  • The installer magically detects you have nginx installed and adds in an appropriate vhost!

  • We select a self-signed certificate for now, and then upgrade it to LetsEncrypt after the fact with /usr/share/jitsi-meet/scripts/install-letsencrypt-cert.sh.

    • Alternatively, you could have specified manual certificates, and then used certbot alongside the rest of nginx to create a certificate for jitsi.dangerousdemos.net - both work.
  • You should now be able to go to https://jitsi.dangerousdemos.net and use the Jitsi directly.

  • Finally, and this is the cool new bit: you can now point Riot to use the new Jitsi by going to its config.json at /var/www/riot.dangerousdemos.net/riot/config.json and changing the preferredDomain of the jitsi block from https://jitsi.riot.im to your own self-hosted https://jitsi.dangerousdemos.net.

  • You then refresh your Riot/Web, and you should be all set to use Jitsi from within your new Riot - as Riot/Web 1.5.15 and later has the ability to natively embed Jitsi straight into the app without needing to use an integration manager.

Conclusion

Matrix nowadays provides an excellent alternative to the centralised solutions. It gives:

  • Full autonomy over how to host and store your own conversations
  • Full freedom to talk to anyone else on the wider global Matrix network (or indeed anyone else bridged into Matrix)
  • Full privacy via full end-to-end-encryption for chats, file transfer and 1:1 voice/video calls (when enabled)
  • Full transparency by being 100% open source (as well as benefiting from the overall open source community)

Hopefully this gives some confidence that it's pretty easy to run your own fully functional Matrix instance these days. If not, then hopefully someone will do a similar one to show off Docker! And if that's still too scary, please take a look at a hosting services like Modular.im.

(Comments over at HN and here too)

This Week in Matrix 2020-04-03

03.04.2020 00:00 — This Week in Matrix Ben Parsons

Matrix Live 🎙

Featuring p2p, E2EE, FTUE, Open Tech Will Save Us and Mirage

Dept of Status of Matrix 🌡

Open Tech Will Save Us

Open Tech Will Save Us is a virtual meetup, taking the form of a monthly live video stream broadcasting on the second Wednesday of every month at 5pm UTC.

The first event will have speakers from Jitsi, IPFS and Matrix.

We'll cover the importance of preserving privacy and ways to keep your communications under control. Read more at https://matrix.org/open-tech-meetup/

GSoC Student Applications closed

Google closed the door to applications on Tuesday, and we have an absolute bounty of proposals. More information will be shared when the announcements are made in a few weeks.

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa said:

Here's your weekly spec update!

MSC Status

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs were merged this week

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs are currently in FCP

New MSCs:

Not much changing state this week as most people are focusing on implementation and existing MSCs.

Spec Core Team

Next week the Spec Core Team is focusing on the same as last week: MSC2457 (password invalidation), MSC2454 (SSO UI Auth), and MSC2472 (Symmetric SSSS).

Dept of Servers 🏢

Dendrite / gomatrixserverlib

Neil Alexander offered:

  • Dendrite now has support for sending v2 invites, and partial support for receiving them

  • The typing server in Dendrite has now been renamed to a more general-purpose EDU server and support for sending/receiving typing notifications has been fixed

  • Room version v3 and v4 support in Dendrite is mostly finished, hopefully will be merged soon

  • A new version of the P2P demo was released yesterday with some fixes (more information and discussion in #p2p:matrix.org)

  • gomatrixserverlib now has new types and support for the new invite format, as used in the v2 endpoint

  • gomatrixserverlib has received some bugfixes, including with event ID generation and avoiding null in marshalled JSON for auth_events and prev_events

Construct

Update from Jason:

End-to-end encryption support has landed in Construct. The server now supports cross-signing, secret storage, and key backups for clients. I'm pleased with how this all came together on schedule for the upcoming transition to e2ee by default for Matrix. If you haven't been paying attention in #construct:zemos.net last week full support for push-rules including efficient highlight-counting also landed. Next week Application Service support is scheduled.

Construct is quickly nearing complete coverage over the full breadth of the Matrix protocol, and the transition into release packaging is fast approaching. Construct is the C++ homeserver built for maximum performance with the lowest possible cost of ownership. If you're in need of a faster homeserver please show your support in #construct:zemos.net and tell all your friends to lend a hand today!

Thanks Tulir for relaying

New Rust Homeserver

timo announced:

Hello! This week I worked on a Matrix homeserver written in Rust. Registering and logging in works already and I am currently adding support for sending events and inserting them into the event graph. I spent most of my time reading the Matrix specification to understand how this process works, because with federation (which I plan to add to my homeserver in the future) servers might disagree on which event was created first and there are strictly defined rules to resolve this. The Matrix homeserver uses the Ruma libraries as it's base and handles requests and responses using the Rocket crate. I use sled to store information as (key, value) pairs in a database. Most of these libraries are still experimental and I take this attitude myself by straying off from the reference implementations and changing algorithms in hopes of better performance. If you want to help, check out #rustmatrix:koesters.xyz.

mautrix-asmux

Tulir offered:

mautrix-asmux wasn't made this week, but I haven't mentioned it on TWIM before. Basically, it acts as a proxy between appservices and the homeserver. The primary point is to make it possible to dynamically provision appservices.

The dynamically provisioned appservices connect to mautrix-asmux with individual access tokens, which asmux checks and then proxies the requests to Synapse with its own global access token. Synapse is only aware of one appservice, which will have a large user ID and alias namespace (e.g. everything starting with _). In the other direction, mautrix-asmux maintains a room ID -> appservice mapping, which it uses to send incoming events to the correct appservice. As a side effect, mautrix-asmux implements MSC2190, which is needed for end-to-bridge encryption.

📡 Sygnal 0.4.0

Half-Shot told us:

Hey, some non-bridge news from me. We've released Sygnal v0.4.0 which allows folks to use postgresql to store state rather than sqlite3.

...and then...

another release, https://github.com/matrix-org/sygnal/releases/tag/v0.4.1

Synapse

Neil told us:

We continue on our performance drive. We’ll get Redis into production early next week replacing our home grown TCP based replication system. We also landed some SSO fixes for user interactive auth. Additionally we shipped a bug fix release in 1.12.3.

Synapse Deployment 📥

Kubernetes

Ananace offered:

Just bumped the K8s-optimized Synapse image to 1.12.1

Docker-matrix

Mathijs told us:

The docker image for synapse v1.12.1rc1 is now on mvgorcum/docker-matrix:v1.12.1rc1

Dept of Bridges 🌉

mautrix-telegram

Tulir said:

mautrix-telegram now has experimental support for end-to-bridge encryption. It's intended for cases where you don't want the homeserver to have access to messages, e.g. user-hostable appservices. It's currently on the e2be branch and should be merged to master soon. You can find setup instructions on the wiki: https://github.com/tulir/mautrix-telegram/wiki/End‐to‐bridge-encryption

The same feature will make its way to mautrix-facebook and mautrix-hangouts in the near future. After that, I'm going to start working on porting matrix-nio's crypto code to Go to bring end-to-bridge encryption to mautrix-whatsapp and possibly also general e2ee support for gomuks.

New tooling for plumbing IRC rooms

Cos announced:

I got annoyed by how difficult plumbing IRC rooms is and wrote a simple Python script to do it more easily from command line. Also cleaning old rooms and chats in Riot is quite tedious so I added support for easily leaving rooms to the script. I decided to creatively call it matrixtools and created a github repo for it for others to enjoy. It's still in infancy but more features are already planned such as more IRC management stuff and creating tombstone events to point rooms to other rooms. The tool uses Python and matrix-nio library. Contributions welcome! https://github.com/vranki/matrixtools

mx-puppet-bridge

mx-puppet-bridge is a general bridging library that supports (double)bridging and relays. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for others to bridge new third-party protocols to matrix. Support room Donate

sorunome said:

The bridge bot now sends read indicators for messages successfully delivered to the remote network - only supported on protocol implementations with event synchronising. 🦊

mx-puppet-slack

Advanced relay support! Similar to the discord bridge, you can now make an advanced relay, where, if in relay mode, the messages from matrix users appear correctly with username+avatar on the slack side. This works for both classic slack apps and new slack apps, via the events API.

For that the underlying slack client connection had to be significantly re-written, which became its own repository.

mx-puppet-skype

The skype puppet received a couple of bugfixes, so that it shouldn't need to be manually restarted every day anymore.

mx-puppet-voipms

mx-puppet-voipms is a puppeting bridge for the SMS functionality provided by voip.ms. It is based on mx-puppet-bridge.

zoe reported:

Initial release of mx-puppet-voipms, a puppeting bridge for the voip.ms SMS api built on top of the amazing mx-puppet-bridge framework.

🤙 node-jitsi

Half-Shot told us:

Hey folks! I've not posted a proper bridge update in a while, so let's go into another project that isn't a bridge. I've started working on a new project called node-jitsi, which will allow people to connect their services to Jitsi Meet conferences. It's designed to allow bridges to start bridging across actual calls into Matrix via Jitsi, but could really be used by any project which is Node.JS based and wants Jitsi call functionality. The goal is to keep the interface clean and simple, and do all of the heavy lifting (WebRTC negotiations, XMPP handling) itself.

Currently the project has just started, although progress should hopefully be swift! Come check us out in #node-jitsi:half-shot.uk and get chatting

Dept of Clients 📱

RiotX

valere reported:

Main focus in on getting cross-signing out (bootstrap will soon be merged)

But we also started efforts on database migration from Realm to SQLDelight!

Develop Change log:

Features ✨:

  • Cross-Signing | Support SSSS secret sharing (#944)

  • Cross-Signing | Verify new session from existing session (#1134)

Improvements 🙌:

  • Verification DM / Handle concurrent .start after .ready (#794)

  • Cross-Signing | Update Shield Logic for DM (#963)

  • Cross-Signing | Complete security new session design update (#1135)

Bugfix 🐛:

  • Missing avatar/displayname after verification request message (#841)

  • Crypto | RiotX sometimes rotate the current device keys (#1170)

  • RiotX can't restore cross signing keys saved by web in SSSS (#1174)

Nio for iOS

kilian said:

Nio for iOS has been getting some attention this week. Message display is now much better (visually grouped by sender) and I added some preliminary support for contextual event actions. For the time being emoji reactions and redactions have been implemented. (The context menu does trigger the best result of the visual flipping workaround in SwiftUI though 😅)

What's new on the fluffy side?

krille told us:

FluffyChat 0.11.0 is now available in the F-Droid repo:

https://mtrnord.gitlab.io/fluffychat-flutter-fdroid/fdroid/repo/

New features

  • Voice messages

  • New message bubble design

  • Share content with FluffyChat

Changes:

  • Use SnackBars instead of Toasts

Fixes:

  • Minor fixes in the SDK

  • Loading dialog when sending files is displayed too long

  • Fixed device settings list

  • Fix a lazy loading bug

  • Improve app icon

The current version in the PlayStore is outdated. I need to write a privacy policy first and this can take some time. A TestFlight version for iOS is planned too but not yet ready. Here is a screenshot of the new voice messages feature:

2020-04-03-hPD8k-img_1585931100851.png

Quotient project

kitsune reported:

The Quotient project has made two "sustaining" releases this week, and then three^Wfour more to fix foolish mistakes - right on the Fools' Day! Long story short - if you're on Quaternion 0.0.9.4* (with any trailing letter) and, respectively, libQMatrixClient 0.5.x, make sure to upgrade to Quaternion 0.0.9.4e and libQMatrixClient 0.5.3.2 because, as of this writing, these are the latest and fixedest in the breed. Aside from many backend bugfixes (mostly described in release notes from 0.5.3), this refreshed pair can handle SSO and no more interferes with Pantalaimon in encrypted rooms. Further plans include scrapping the whole Quotient thing and switch to Python because it's so much easier. Just kidding :) the plans didn't change, Quotient 0.6 is the next milestone, and the backend for the next Quaternion release. And you won't need to wait another year for them, I promise.

Mirage

miruka reported:

Mirage 0.4.3 was released today, AppImage and Flatpak included.

Some of the most notable changes:

  • Redactions support: individual or selected messages can now be removed from the context menu or using keyboard shortcuts

  • New shortcuts for inviting to, leaving or forgetting a room

  • Support for environment variables to specify config and user data folders

  • Fixed the crash after login for KDE users

Riot Web

Ryan announced:

Riot Web 1.5.14 and 1.5.15 were released this week with a simpler Jitsi integration, new keyboard shortcuts (along with shortcut help via Cmd / Ctrl+/), and layout performance fixes. 1.5.14 has a security issue with the Jitsi widget wrapper, so please remove any copies of 1.5.14 if you installed it. Lots of cross-signing polish work continues as we get closer to release.

Riot-iOS

Manu announced:

We made a hot fix release (0.10.5) this week. Cross-signing work is still progressing well. We will run much more tests next week with other Riots to finish the feature.

Ismail, who joined the team mid-week 🥳🎉, has started to do some maintenance work required by iOS 13 SDK.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

ruma

jplatte announced:

Through a steady increase in demand thanks to GSoC, matrix-rust-sdk and timokoesters' homeserver, our foundational crates are receiving more attention than ever before, resulting in the following releases last week:

  • ruma-events 0.18.0

  • ruma-api 0.15.0

    • This release contains a change that allows endpoint definitions to have an associated error type
  • ruma-client-api 0.7.0

    • This release once again gets us closer to r0.6.0 compatibility

    • We now use the standard libraries Duration type for a few things including the /sync request's timeout parameter

    • We now have an Error type that error responses from the homeserver will be deserialized into

New PHP library

a_v_p announced:

Hello! I'm working on a PHP library (GPL v3.0+) that allows to communicate with a Matrix instance. Currently the library allows to create users, rooms, login to the Matrix server and send messages, although more work needs to be done: https://github.com/artyom-poptsov/matrix-php

I created the library due to my own needs, but probably it will be of some interest for others.

Apparently the author has a need for Matrix-Moodle integration, sounds interesting! An update! Late breaking:

I've updated Matrix-PHP, now there's documentation in README.md on how to use the library. If anyone wants to use it/contribute, this should make the things easier.

There's no release yet though. But for now, the library is capable of:

  • creating users with on the servers where registration is disabled;
  • changing users passwords (by users themselves or by admins);
  • logging in to the server using m.login.password method;
  • sending text messages to rooms;
  • checking if a username is available for registration on a server (only for admins.)

Dept of Ops 🛠

matrix-docker-ansible-deploy

Slavi said:

A few interesting matrix-docker-ansible-deploy updates this week:

Thanks to Christian Lupus's efforts, the playbook now supports installing to an Archlinux server.

Thanks to Marcel Partap's efforts, the mxisd identity server, which has been deprecated for a long time, has finally been replaced by ma1sd.

dacruz21/matrix-chart

Typo Kign reported:

I've just released v1.0 of my Matrix helm chart, to help deploy a complete homeserver stack in Kubernetes. Partially inspired by spantaleev's wonderful ansible playbook, dacruz21/matrix-chart aims to be an all-in-one installation of Synapse, Riot, bridges, and other services. It includes a number of Kubernetes security and scalability features, and is ideal for anyone running a large homeserver, or a homeserver in a corporate environment where security is paramount.

More details at https://github.com/dacruz21/matrix-chart, and visit #matrix-chart:typokign.com for any questions or support.

Dept of Bots 🤖

CovBot

Peter Roberts said:

Lives in the cloud now so should be more reliable.

Fairly sure Peter is referring to his tracking bot being on new hosting. He could mean that he has ascended to the clouds, and is therefore more reliable, but perhaps he wouldn't have posted to TWIM in that case.

dice bot

Tulir told us:

The maubot dice plugin got a new release. The primary change was a config option to show results of individual rolls.

OBS bot v0.5

msirringhaus announced:

In addition to some performance fixes, the chat bot integration in Rust for openSUSEs Open Build Service can now listen also to openQA events.

openQA is an operating system level integration testing framework that makes it possible to test the installation process, GUIs and TUIs by simulating user interaction on different hardware or virtualization technologies. OBS is used for development of the openSUSE distribution and can build packages from the same sources for Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise and other distributions.

Sources can be found here, RPMs exist as well.

Dept of Hackathons 🍕

Mozilla is hosting a Fix-the-Internet Lab

Aaron told us:

Mozilla is hosting a Fix-the-Internet Lab from April 15th - June 15th that specifically calls out decentralization and messaging.

Mozilla’s Fix-The-Internet MVP Lab is an 8 week-long incubator-style program this Spring to mobilize & fund around products and technologies that enable everyone to connect and build a better society.

Sounds like it could be a good fit for a Matrix community project. Each participant would get a $2500 stipend and access to mentorship. There are also significant prizes.

Applications are due Monday April 6 at 11:59PM ET.

https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/03/30/were-fixing-the-internet-join-us/

Swedish government launching a three-day remote hackathon

Ananace reported:

Maybe more tangentically relevant, but the Swedish government is launching a three-day remote hackathon starting tomorrow (3rd-6th of April) focusing on saving lives, communities, and businesses. A Matrix solution may very well be interesting to develop for this, perhaps something taking another look at the CoAP/CBOR work.

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server. Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1envs.net357
2gottliebtfreitag.de429
3maunium.net456.5
4kif.rocks520
5imninja.net632.5
6encom.eu.org657
7fairydust.space676
8xethos.net804
9chat.matrix4me.de913
10synod.im1096

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

Synapse 1.12.2 released

02.04.2020 00:00 — Releases Neil Johnson

A small patch release to fix regressions introduced in v1.11.0 and v1.12.0.

Update 1.12.3 is a fast follow release from 1.12.2

Get 1.12.3 (not 1.12.2) from github or any of the sources mentioned at https://github.com/matrix-org/synapse/blob/master/INSTALL.md.

Changelog since v1.12.0

Synapse 1.12.3 (2020-04-03)

  • Remove the the pin to Pillow 7.0 which was introduced in Synapse 1.12.2, and correctly fix the issue with building the Debian packages. (#7212)

Synapse 1.12.2 (2020-04-02)

This release fixes an issue with building the debian packages.

Synapse 1.12.1 (2020-04-02)

No significant changes since 1.12.1rc1.

Synapse 1.12.1rc1 (2020-03-31)

Bugfixes

  • Fix starting workers when federation sending not split out. (#7133). Introduced in v1.12.0.
  • Avoid importing sqlite3 when using the postgres backend. Contributed by David Vo. (#7155). Introduced in v1.12.0rc1.
  • Fix a bug which could cause outbound federation traffic to stop working if a client uploaded an incorrect e2e device signature. (#7177). Introduced in v1.11.0.

This Week in Matrix 2020-03-27

27.03.2020 00:00 — This Week in Matrix Ben Parsons

Matrix Live 🎙

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa said:

Here's your weekly spec update!

MSC Status

Merged MSCs:

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs are currently in FCP

New MSCs:

Closed MSCs:

Finally some merged MSCs, and so much activity in other areas! Thanks for everyone getting involved :)

Spec Core Team

Next week the Spec Core Team is focusing on MSC2457 (password invalidation), MSC2454 (SSO UI Auth), and MSC2472 (Symmetric SSSS).

Dept of Servers 🏢

Dendrite / gomatrixserverlib

Neil Alexander reported:

  • Backfill over federation and room history visibility are now mostly implemented in Dendrite
  • Most of the room version support code is now merged into gomatrixserverlib
  • More of Dendrite has been converted to use new headered events from gomatrixserverlib
  • Room version support code has now been merged into Dendrite

Synapse

Neil told us:

We released 1.12.0 this week which contains some decent performance wins. Our theme for the moment is to continue working on performance, and the sharding project is starting to make some real progress. Hopefully we get onto breaking out event persistence next week.

Aside from that you'll see a lot of work to improve SSO support, in particular the ability for SSO and User Interactive Auth to work together is just around the corner.

Sorry for all the matrix.org slowness, we're doing everything we can!

Thoughts on matrix.to

julian told us:

The current http://matrix.to/ link handler is centralized and unfriendly. Before real matrix: URIs are done ( https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-doc/pull/2312 ), I decided matrix.to needs redesigning, so I've written about it and am working on mock-ups and changes: https://blog.foad.me.uk/2020/03/24/improving-matrix-to-links/ Feedback would be appreciated. Please discuss in [#matrix.to:matrix.org.

Synapse Deployment 📥

Kubernetes

Ananace announced:

Updated the Kubernetes-optimized images of Synapse to 1.12.0. Both the alpine and debian-based - with jemalloc support - tags use the latest twisted package.

NB; If you're using both workers and application services, make sure that your application service config files are mounted into the worker pods as well.

Various updates on Debian packaging

andrewsh reported:

Debian backports for Buster will see updated synapse and Twisted around the weekend when packages migrate to testing

Debian packages for synapse have been updated and now pull the patched version of Twisted with CVE-2020-10108, CVE-2020-10109 and other security vulnerabilities fixed

the patched version of Twisted in Debian is 18.9.0-8, Ubuntu ships security fixes in 18.9.0-6ubuntu1; both include all necessary security fixes 20.3.0 is currently in Debian experimental and hopefully will be uploaded to unstable by the end of the week

synapse-purge

Ananace announced:

Submitted a PR that adds support for running the Synapse state compression tool to the synapse-purge utility written by djmaze. So that it's able to both launch purges for all rooms, as well as compress their state afterwards.

Dept of Bridges 🌉

mx-puppet-skype

mx-puppet-bridge is a general bridging library that supports (double)bridging and relays. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for others to bridge new third-party protocols to matrix. Support room Donate

sorunome said:

There is a new skype bridge! mx-puppet-skype, also based on mx-puppet-bridge.

It already features:

  • Sending normal and rich formatted text in both directions
  • Sending images, audio and other media in both directions
  • Some skype emoji are parsed to normal emoji
  • Skype->Matrix typing and read indicators
  • Skype->Matrix user updates

Please note that skype seems to be having some issues lately where sometimes messages aren't received (also in the official client), and that sadly also affects the bridge.

Icinga GoNotify Matrix v2.0.1

Oleg offered:

  • A simple client to send notifications from Icinga to a [matrix] room.
  • This is a rewrite of a Perl version (https://github.com/oleg-fiksel/matrix_icinga_notify).
  • New and fancy notification template (thanks @micha:msqu.de !).
  • Written in Go and uses mautrix-go (thanks @tulir:maunium.net !).
  • Doesn't need any dependencies other than ca-certificates.
  • Support/Feedback: #icinga-gonotify-matrix:fiksel.info

Dept of Clients 📱

Mirage

miruka told us:

Mirage is a new fancy Matrix client written in Qt/QML + Python, currently in alpha and available on Linux. Some of its main features are:

  • A fluid interface that adapts to any size
  • Keyboard shortcuts for (almost) everything, including filtering/switching rooms, scrolling, sending files, selecting and copying messages...
  • A dynamic, programmable theming system
  • Multiple accounts in one client
  • Support for end-to-end encryption

Mirage client

Nheko

Nheko is a desktop client using Qt, Boost.Asio and C++17. It supports E2EE (with the notable exception being device verification for now) and intends to be full featured and nice to look at

Nico (@deepbluev7:neko.dev) told us:

  • The image overlay you get, when you click on an image, should now stay out of your way, when downloading an image (adasauce)
  • Nheko now shouldn't show a console on launch on Windows anymore (abma)
  • Typing notifications now won't sanitize users twice. This shouldn't increase Corona infections, just make special characters like < and & show up correctly, so you can put more <3 into your names. (Emi)
  • A lot of edge cases, where avatars didn't show up correctly were fixed. One issue with dynamic thumbnailing and synapse is still waiting for a synapse pr to be merged.
  • If you restart your server, Nheko should now use less CPU in the time the server is down. It may take a bit longer to reconnect though.

I'd like to thank all the contributors, that contribute seemingly random, small patches. It really helps make Nheko better in the long term and I really appreciate your help! <3

Quotient 0.5.3 RC

kitsune reported:

Quotient 0.5.3 RC goes out - this is a backwards-compatible release that you can safely use with your Quaternion 0.0.9.4. Packagers are welcome to do all the preparations necessary - 0.5.3 release will happen right after the weekend! Despite back-compatibility, this version sports quite a few recent improvements backported from the master branch, including SSO, support of reactions and message editing, .well-known and, of course, quite a few bug fixes. Check it out at https://github.com/quotient-im/libQuotient/releases/tag/0.5.3-rc. P.S. For those who want more, Quotient 0.6 (and Quaternion 0.0.9.5) are coming real-soon-now, too!

Riot-iOS

Manu told us:

We are still working on cross-signing but we see the end :). Gossiping of cross-signing private keys is now automatically done in background. We have a new modal that pops up on unverified sign-ins. We started to make cross-platform tests and fixed issues. Next week will be all about polishing this feature.

riot.swedneck.xyz (Riot on IPFS)

swedneck reported:

I have started maintaining riot.swedneck.xyz again, so riot will once again be available on IPFS! You can try it out at https://ipfs.io/ipns/riot.swedneck.xyz, or via a local IPFS gateway at http://127.0.0.1:8080/ipns/riot.swedneck.xyz Expect updates a couple of days after every new riot version is released.

Dept of Ops 🛠

matrix-docker-ansible-deploy optionally supports jitsi

Slavi announced:

matrix-docker-ansible-deploy can now optionally install the Jitsi video-conferencing platform and integrate it with riot-web. See our Jitsi documentation page to get started.

You need to tell the playbook to use the :develop riot-web though. The documentation page instructs people to do that (for now).

I did a 4-person video conference the other day and all Jitsi components combined seemed to take some ~500MB of memory and quite a lot of CPU, while the call was ongoing.

Dept of Bots 🤖

CovBot v0.1.1

Peter Roberts offered:

  • Add Public Health England data for more granular stats in the UK.
  • Available on WhatsApp and Telegram.
  • Send a welcome message to new rooms.
  • Improve !help messages.
  • Add !announce to notify all rooms.
  • Gracefully handle rate limiting.
  • Cleanup empty rooms once per day.
  • Send m.text instead of m.notice so it plays nicely with WhatsApp bridge.

MIT licensed on GitHub.

CovBot v0.1.2

Peter Roberts offered:

  • Add !compare - thanks to @bertieb:matrix.bertieb.org. Works like !compare china;uk;spain. See !help for more info.
  • Improve readability of !help on mobile.

MIT licensed on GitHub

CovBot v0.1.3

Peter Roberts said:

Now comes with a !risk command that takes an age and calculates some outcome probabilities for that age group. Thanks to @dctremblay:matrix.org for adding this in!

MIT licensed on GitHub.

reminder maubot plugin

Tulir said:

v0.2.0 of the reminder plugin for maubot was released recently. The primary change was a new custom date parser, which should have less weird results than before.

It also has a locale system. You can set locales with !reminder locale <list of locales>. The system is fairly simple: it just tries to parse the input with each locale in the order specified and uses the first match. It doesn't have many locales so far, so contributions are welcome if you're not afraid of regexes (contributions for reducing the number of regexes are also welcome :D)

Matrix in the News 📰

Matthew said:

for those who quite understandably couldn’t endure listening to 90 minutes of waffle about Matrix on The Changelog, the transcript is now up at https://changelog.com/podcast/384!

New Public Rooms 🏟

nico said:

To help people stay in contact in times of coronavirus, there are now coronavirus rooms in 4 languages (German: #covid-19-de:ungleich.ch , English: #covid-19:ungleich.ch, French: #covid-19-fr:ungleich.ch and Korean #covid-19-kr:ungleich.ch) They are all listed on https://ungleich.ch/u/blog/coronavirus-chats/ to give new matrix users an easy entrance

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server. Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1servicedesk-ttc.com343
2ccc.ac419
3gottliebtfreitag.de421.5
4envs.net476
5maunium.net478
6c-base.org484
7mailstation.de506
8maescool.be576
9encom.eu.org585.5
10matrix.vgorcum.com648

Final Thoughts 💭

Next Tuesday is the student submission deadline for GSoC! Check out our list of projects and come and chat to us.

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

Synapse 1.12.0 released

23.03.2020 00:00 — Releases Neil Johnson

Synapse 1.12.0 is here.

The most important reason to upgrade to 1.12.0 is that it contains performance improvements to boost the efficiency of state resolution in room versions greater than v1 (#7095).

It also contains an implementation of (MSC2432) designed to limit room alias abuse. The MSC contains the full details, but in short admins now have more control over aliases as they appear on their local server.

There is also plenty of ground work for our master process sharding project. Nothing that can be used today unfortunately, but expect big improvements for worker based deployments over the coming weeks.

Please pay special attention to the security advisory in the changelog, TL;DR make sure your installation is using Twisted 20.3.0.

Also, note that once Synapse 1.13.0 is released, the default branch will change to being develop rather than master. Again more details follow in the changelog.

Get the new release from github or any of the sources mentioned at https://github.com/matrix-org/synapse/blob/master/INSTALL.md.

Changelog since Synapse 1.11.1

Synapse 1.12.0 (2020-03-23)

No significant changes since 1.12.0rc1.

Debian packages and Docker images are rebuilt using the latest versions of dependency libraries, including Twisted 20.3.0. Please see security advisory below.

Security advisory

Synapse may be vulnerable to request-smuggling attacks when it is used with a reverse-proxy. The vulnerabilities are fixed in Twisted 20.3.0, and are described in CVE-2020-10108 and CVE-2020-10109. For a good introduction to this class of request-smuggling attacks, see https://portswigger.net/research/http-desync-attacks-request-smuggling-reborn.

We are not aware of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild, and do not believe that they are exploitable with current versions of any reverse proxies. Nevertheless, we recommend that all Synapse administrators ensure that they have the latest versions of the Twisted library to ensure that their installation remains secure.

  • Administrators using the matrix.org Docker image or the Debian/Ubuntu packages from matrix.org should ensure that they have version 1.12.0 installed: these images include Twisted 20.3.0.
  • Administrators who have installed Synapse from source should upgrade Twisted within their virtualenv by running:
    <path_to_virtualenv>/bin/pip install 'Twisted>=20.3.0'
    
  • Administrators who have installed Synapse from distribution packages should consult the information from their distributions.

The matrix.org Synapse instance was not vulnerable to these vulnerabilities.

Advance notice of change to the default git branch for Synapse

Currently, the default git branch for Synapse is master, which tracks the latest release.

After the release of Synapse 1.13.0, we intend to change this default to develop, which is the development tip. This is more consistent with common practice and modern git usage.

Although we try to keep develop in a stable state, there may be occasions where regressions creep in. Developers and distributors who have scripts which run builds using the default branch of Synapse should therefore consider pinning their scripts to master.

Synapse 1.12.0rc1 (2020-03-19)

Features

  • Changes related to room alias management (MSC2432):
    • Publishing/removing a room from the room directory now requires the user to have a power level capable of modifying the canonical alias, instead of the room aliases. (#6965)
    • Validate the alt_aliases property of canonical alias events. (#6971)
    • Users with a power level sufficient to modify the canonical alias of a room can now delete room aliases. (#6986)
    • Implement updated authorization rules and redaction rules for aliases events, from MSC2261 and MSC2432. (#7037)
    • Stop sending m.room.aliases events during room creation and upgrade. (#6941)
    • Synapse no longer uses room alias events to calculate room names for push notifications. (#6966)
    • The room list endpoint no longer returns a list of aliases. (#6970)
    • Remove special handling of aliases events from MSC2260 added in v1.10.0rc1. (#7034)
  • Expose the synctl, hash_password and generate_config commands in the snapcraft package. Contributed by @devec0. (#6315)
  • Check that server_name is correctly set before running database updates. (#6982)
  • Break down monthly active users by appservice_id and emit via Prometheus. (#7030)
  • Render a configurable and comprehensible error page if something goes wrong during the SAML2 authentication process. (#7058, #7067)
  • Add an optional parameter to control whether other sessions are logged out when a user's password is modified. (#7085)
  • Add prometheus metrics for the number of active pushers. (#7103, #7106)
  • Improve performance when making HTTPS requests to sygnal, sydent, etc, by sharing the SSL context object between connections. (#7094)

Bugfixes

  • When a user's profile is updated via the admin API, also generate a displayname/avatar update for that user in each room. (#6572)
  • Fix a couple of bugs in email configuration handling. (#6962)
  • Fix an issue affecting worker-based deployments where replication would stop working, necessitating a full restart, after joining a large room. (#6967)
  • Fix duplicate key error which was logged when rejoining a room over federation. (#6968)
  • Prevent user from setting 'deactivated' to anything other than a bool on the v2 PUT /users Admin API. (#6990)
  • Fix py35-old CI by using native tox package. (#7018)
  • Fix a bug causing org.matrix.dummy_event to be included in responses from /sync. (#7035)
  • Fix a bug that renders UTF-8 text files incorrectly when loaded from media. Contributed by @TheStranjer. (#7044)
  • Fix a bug that would cause Synapse to respond with an error about event visibility if a client tried to request the state of a room at a given token. (#7066)
  • Repair a data-corruption issue which was introduced in Synapse 1.10, and fixed in Synapse 1.11, and which could cause /sync to return with 404 errors about missing events and unknown rooms. (#7070)
  • Fix a bug causing account validity renewal emails to be sent even if the feature is turned off in some cases. (#7074)

Improved Documentation

  • Updated CentOS8 install instructions. Contributed by Richard Kellner. (#6925)
  • Fix POSTGRES_INITDB_ARGS in the contrib/docker/docker-compose.yml example docker-compose configuration. (#6984)
  • Change date in https://github.com/matrix-org/synapse/blob/master/INSTALL.md for last date of getting TLS certificates to November 2019. (#7015)
  • Document that the fallback auth endpoints must be routed to the same worker node as the register endpoints. (#7048)

Deprecations and Removals

  • Remove the unused query_auth federation endpoint per MSC2451. (#7026)

Internal Changes

  • Add type hints to logging/context.py. (#6309)
  • Add some clarifications to README.md in the database schema directory. (#6615)
  • Refactoring work in preparation for changing the event redaction algorithm. (#6874, #6875, #6983, #7003)
  • Improve performance of v2 state resolution for large rooms. (#6952, #7095)
  • Reduce time spent doing GC, by freezing objects on startup. (#6953)
  • Minor performance fixes to get_auth_chain_ids. (#6954)
  • Don't record remote cross-signing keys in the devices table. (#6956)
  • Use flake8-comprehensions to enforce good hygiene of list/set/dict comprehensions. (#6957)
  • Merge worker apps together. (#6964, #7002, #7055, #7104)
  • Remove redundant store_room call from FederationHandler._process_received_pdu. (#6979)
  • Update warning for incorrect database collation/ctype to include link to documentation. (#6985)
  • Add some type annotations to the database storage classes. (#6987)
  • Port synapse.handlers.presence to async/await. (#6991, #7019)
  • Add some type annotations to the federation base & client classes. (#6995)
  • Port synapse.rest.keys to async/await. (#7020)
  • Add a type check to is_verified when processing room keys. (#7045)
  • Add type annotations and comments to the auth handler. (#7063)

This Week in Matrix 2020-03-20

20.03.2020 00:00 — This Week in Matrix Ben Parsons

Matrix Live 🎙

Matrix Live S04E30 - Matthew updates on Synapse perf, P2P and new Jitsi

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa announced:

Here's your weekly spec update!

MSC Status

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs were merged this week

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

New MSCs:

Spec Core Team

Next week the Spec Core Team is focusing MSC2432 (alias changes), MSC2451 (remove query_auth), and implementation.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Dendrite / gomatrixserverlib

Neil Alexander announced:

  • P2P work is continuing at p2p.riot.im, with various fixes and a new public room directory
  • Room version work is continuing with new headered event support in Kafka, the internal APIs and the sync API in Dendrite, and in the event code in gomatrixserverlib
  • Joining rooms over federation is a bit more reliable now, as prev events are handled properly in this case and therefore the first message into the room doesn't get lost
  • Some improved error handling work has been merged - thanks to prateek2211 and abbyck
  • The /joined_rooms endpoint is now implemented - thanks to prateek2211

Notes on usage:

In order to try p2p.riot.im, do I need to create an account or should I be signing in to some user?

Just register as normal. Be aware you are registering into your local in-browser Homeserver, rather than a remote service.

Neil Alexander also mentioned:

We've also created #homeservers-dev:matrix.org as a general non-implementation-specific channel for homeserver developers :-)

matrix-media-repo

TravisR offered:

v1.1.0 has been released with experimental (incomplete) IPFS support, memory leak fixes, and other improvements. This is a highly recommended upgrade if you use expireAfterDays or have memory problems.

Synapse

Neil reported:

This week we have seen a huge increase in traffic and so we are spending a lot of time battling with scaling. Most notably we shipped an optimisation to improve state resolution for room versions > 1. Our sharding effort continues and we are working towards backing matrix.org with redis for pub sub which is prerequisite for the project.

Aside from that we had some problems with push reliability, this should now be fixed. Sorry if you were bitten!

We also put out 1.12.0rc1 expect a full release early next week.

Next week performance performance performance. We’ll also complete improvements to user Interactive Auth for SSO installations.

Synapse Deployments

Mathijs told us:

The docker image for synapse v1.12.0rc1 is now on mvgorcum/docker-matrix:v1.12.0rc1

Dept of Bridges 🌉

Welcome Christian!

Welcome to Christian, who is joining the Bridges team as an employee. He'll start out on the Slack bridge but will be working more generally with Half-Shot on all bridges.

mx-puppet-bridge

mx-puppet-bridge is a general bridging library that supports (double)bridging and relays. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for others to bridge new third-party protocols to matrix. Support room Donate

sorunome told us:

  • add adminme thanks to dhmf
  • more tests
  • unified namespaces!

Unified namespaces is a big update! This means that, if the remote protocol has globally unique IDs (e.g. as discord has the case) it will only create one room on matrix for any amount of puppets. Combining this with the advanced relay option, this means that protocol implementations (e.g. discord) now can act like a normal relay bridge only with super awesome puppeting! As in, the for the puppets, the DMs work and channels&guilds that the relay bot is not in. All this is possible without any changes to the protocol implementation, should the protocol have unique global IDs.

Dept of Clients 📱

Quotient / Quaternion SSO support

kitsune told us:

In preparation to the upcoming (long-awaited) releases for Quotient and Quaternion, the library has gained full-blown support of SSO flow, such as the one used by the Mozilla's homeserver, and adventurous Mozilla Matrix users can use the master branch of Quaternion to login to their accounts. Next step - official releases and backports.

gomuks

Tulir said:

gomuks now supports markdown formatting in rainbow messages.

Or if you prefer:

gomuks now supports markdown formatting in rainbow messages.

Nheko

Nheko is a desktop client using Qt, Boost.Asio and C++17. It supports E2EE (with the notable exception being device verification for now) and intends to be full featured and nice to look at

Nico (@deepbluev7:neko.dev) told us:

Emi added a new sorting method to the room list, that keeps rooms with unread messages on top, even when the messages are older than the messages in silenced or read rooms. It makes the room list a lot nicer to use and after being skeptical at the start, I now use it on all my systems. Huge thanks to Emi for bearing with my long and confusing review!

Riot Web

Ryan reported:

  • Keyboard shortcuts are more discoverable with a help popup that explains them
  • Jitsi support for voice and video is moving into Riot itself (the integration manager is no longer used for this)
  • Self-hosted Riots can be configured to use a different Jitsi server if desired
  • Encrypted messages are faster to encrypt and send
  • The room directory server selector has been reworked and is much easier to use and understand
  • Many cross-signing polish fixes continue to land, hoping to ship cross-signing in a few weeks

RiotX, Quick corrective release 0.18.1

valere told us:

Improvements 🙌:

  • Implementation of /join command

Bugfix 🐛:

  • Message transitions in encrypted rooms are jarring #518
  • Images that failed to send are waiting to be sent forever #1145
  • Fix / Crashed when trying to send a gif from the Gboard #1136
  • Fix / Cannot click on key backup banner when new keys are available

Riot-iOS

Manu told us:

We are still working on cross-signing. QR code screens have landed on develop like storing and gossiping of cross-signing private keys.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

py-matrix-utils

swedneck offered:

I'm working on a Gtk GUI for py-matrix-utils, progress can be followed at https://gitlab.com/Swedneck/py-matrix-utils This isn't going to be a fully fledged matrix client, it's just a graphical interface for various matrix tools.

Dept of Ops 🛠

matrix-docker-ansible-deploy Raspberry Pi support

Slavi offered:

Thanks to Gergely Horváth's efforts, matrix-docker-ansible-deploy now supports installing at least some of its services to a Raspberry Pi server.

See our Self-building documentation page to learn how to get started.

Dept of Bots 🤖

CovBot v0.0.10

Peter Roberts announced:

  • Search by country code.
  • Better handling of issues in the data.
  • Do more things with asyncio.

MIT licensed on GitHub.

Thanks to the super awesome bridging powers of Matrix anyone on WhatsApp can now chat with the bot! Feel free to chat with it and share with anyone who prefers to use WhatsApp!

More magic bridging means Telegram users can now chat with the bot! Please feel free to share with anyone who prefers to use Telegram!

Additionally:

CovBot has a couple of contributors working on it now too 🙂

Check the repo for details!

Final Thoughts 💭

Organising IT Support via Riot

Karl told us:

We are mid in building a team to give free IT support and security help to critical infrastructure operators during Corona times organized via Riot. Added a local alias for this room here at #helpeurope:matrix.org . room where we started creation #helpeurope:matrix.ctseuro.com. Everybody wanting to help is welcome.

Join the room and get involved for more info.

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server. Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1maescool.be369
2imninja.net379.5
3envs.net380
4gottliebtfreitag.de382.5
5swag.industries423
6maunium.net449
7shortestpath.dev452
8lyseo.edu.ouka.fi454.5
9ilmari.org464
10nct08.de485

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

This Week in Matrix 2020-03-13

13.03.2020 19:16 — This Week in Matrix Ben Parsons

Matrix Live 🎙

Matthew talks to Kegan and Neil about the status of P2P Matrix, and about Dendrite development.

You will know Matrix Live as a weekly video produced by the Matrix team and shared on YouTube. We are now offering the same content as an audio-only podcast, as a way of reaching more people. You can find the podcast:

Dept of Status of Matrix 🌡

Matthew on The Changelog podcast

Matthew announced:

The Changelog invited me to do a podcast on all things Matrix - the 90 minutes of high density braindump can be found over at https://changelog.com/podcast/384

Google Summer of Code

We are still welcoming GSoC students who want to apply to work on Matrix projects this summer. You can browse the suggested projects list or submit your own by chatting in the appropriate project room or #gsoc:matrix.org. Student applications begin on Monday!

Dept of Servers 🏢

Dendrite / gomatrixserverlib

Neil Alexander announced:

  • The P2P in-browser demo has been improved to use a single set of keys, like the previous Go demo
  • The P2P code no longer performs unnecessary federation requests to find server keys when they can be derived from the node ID
  • Other hardening bits for the P2P demo
  • Fixed a race condition in Dendrite when creating guest accounts
  • Room version work is progressing still

Dendrite/P2P

Matthew also mentioned the work that is going on with Dendrite P2P:

  • We've got our first ever public Riot running with P2P Matrix, by compiling Dendrite to WASM and embedding it in the browser as a service worker. It's still quite early, but you can try to play with it now at https://p2p.riot.im. You can hear (and see!) all about it in this week's Matrix Live.
  • It's using libp2p (IPFS's network layer) for P2P, coordinating via our shiny new libp2p websocket rendezvous server at https://rendezvous.matrix.org:8443
  • Lots of limitations still: the room directory isn't hooked up; it doesn't persist your database yet; and no store-and-forward for users who are offline.
  • Meanwhile Neil has been making good progress on v3, v4 and v5 room versions in Dendrite
  • Spent a few days in London discussing the shape of P2P and Dendrite to come... watch this space ⭕️

Synapse

Neil reported:

This week we’ve been working on alias abuse support, fixing a SSO limitation with user interactive auth which will allow SSO users to deactivate devices etc. We’ve also fixed a few SSO registration bugs and are currently investigating a push problem causing push to be delayed for certain users.

Next week more of the same, plus a return to Synapse performance work.

Synapse available on OpenBSD

Synapse is now available on OpenBSD from ports. https://marc.info/?l=openbsd-ports-cvs&m=158368701415531&w=2

Thanks Linda for making us aware.

Dept of Clients 📱

Quotient prgressing to 0.6

kitsune announced:

Quotient is getting traction again, with 0.6 release finally in sight. This week a long standing PR from aa13q has been merged with a few (still very much work-in-progress) E2EE additions. One notable change is that by default the master branch (and the upcoming release) now builds without E2EE. This is to relieve packagers from a chore of adding E2EE dependencies (QtOlm and olm) for not much merit, while the work on E2EE stack for Quotient continues. In the meantime, the recommended way of using E2EE with Quotient-backed clients is to use pantalaimon next to your client application.

Nheko

Nheko is a desktop client using Qt, Boost.Asio and C++17. It supports E2EE (with the notable exception being device verification for now) and intends to be full featured and nice to look at

Nico (@deepbluev7:neko.dev) reported:

One could say not much exciting stuff happened. Emily contributed a fix, that drops the filesystem access requirement from the nheko flatpaks. Otherwise I've heard someone working on hiding events in the timeline and some random branches named device-verification appeared. We'll see, where that will lead...

Riot Web

Ryan announced:

v1.5.13-rc.1 available on staging with some more goodies like an option for alphabetically sorted room list, an option to dismiss the read marker and a fix for the right panel causing scroll jumps. Cross-signing work continues and is tantalisingly close to completion for release!

Interesting article about using matrix-client.el with Pantalaimon

gergely offered:

Some folks over at #matrix-client.el:matrix.org suggested i should submit my article here. Itʼs about making matrix-client.el able to participate in encrypted rooms via Pantalaimon.

FluffyChat for Android

krille said:

There is a new FluffyChat for Android version in the F-Droid repository:

  • Improved design
  • Minor bug fixes
  • End2End encryption for normal messages (not yet files)
  • Key sharing
  • Device keys verification UI

The encryption feature still needs some testing but should be fully compatible with Riot so far.

Paul added this link which krille previously wrote: https://ko-fi.com/post/FluffyChat-for-Android-and-iOS-S6S71BMEY

And finally:

You can find the F-Droid repository at http://fluffy.chat

RiotX

valere announced:

RiotX 0.18.0 has been released:

Improvements 🙌:

  • Share image and other media from e2e rooms (#677)
  • Add support for /plain command (#12)
  • Detect spaces in password if user fail to login (#1038)
  • FTUE: do not display a different color when encrypting message when not in developer mode.
  • Open room member profile from avatar of the room member state event (#935)
  • Restore the push rules configuration in the settings

Bugfix 🐛:

  • Fix crash on attachment preview screen (#1088)
  • "Share" option is not appearing in encrypted rooms for images (#1031)
  • Set "image/jpeg" as MIME type of images instead of "image/jpg" (#1075)
  • Self verification via QR code is failing (#1130)

SDK API changes ⚠️:

  • PushRuleService.getPushRules() now returns a RuleSet. Use getAllRules() on this object to get all the rules.

Build 🧱:

Other changes:

  • Restore availability to Chromebooks (#932)
  • Add a documentation to run integration tests

Riot-iOS

Manu said:

We have been working mainly on cross-signing verification. The QR code verification code has landed in the SDK. Now we are attacking the UI.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

Ruby SDK

Ananace reported:

Just released version 2.0.1 of the Ruby SDK - which should probably by 2.1.0 but I'm apparently quite tired today - adding support for non-final MSCs without polluting the main APIs. Currently only MSC2108 - Sync over Server Sent Events - is implemented, but more MSCs can easily be plugged in as wanted.

As always, #ruby-matrix-sdk:kittenface.studio is available for discussion and questions.

Dept of Bots 🤖

auto-invite-matrix-bot

MTRNord reported:

The auto-invite-matrix-bot utility bot now not only can relay invites to one primary account but it also is relaying mentions from your secondary accounts to your primary account now!

Check it out at: https://github.com/MTRNord/auto-invite-matrix-bot

CoV Tracking Bot

You may have learned that recorded cases of COVID-19 are increasing exponentially. Also increasing exponentially are updates from Peter Roberts, who has developed a maubot to help provide information:

My first maubot! It tracks SARS-COV-2 statistics using data from https://offloop.net/covid19/ and was inspired by BrainstormBot on freenode IRC.

It's running as @covbot:shortestpath.dev. Send !cases for world-wide stats or !cases <location> for something more specific. E.g. !cases US.

screenshot

v0.0.1 MIT licensed and on GitHub.

covid-bot-example

he continued

I've done a flurry of updates today:

  • Searching is now limited to countries until search is improved more. I'll add region breakdowns back in soon!
  • When the bot has multiple matches for your search it will let you know what they are and ask for more details.

It's running as @covbot:shortestpath.dev. Send !cases for world-wide stats or !cases <country> for more specifics. E.g. !cases Italy.

v0.0.4 MIT licensed and on GitHub.

and then

Another update:

  • Search within states / regions / counties.
  • Better feedback on ambiguous matches.
  • Made unreliability of recoveries clear in the messaging.
  • Made the messaging clearer when there are no matches.

v0.0.5 MIT licensed and on GitHub

and most recently

A few more changes:

  • Improve search for provinces / regions / states / counties / areas.
  • Add case numbers as well as percentages.
  • Format numbers nicely for humans to read.
  • Add a !help command.
  • Add a !source command to get details on the bot source code and data.
  • Improve handling when fetching the latest data fails.
  • Improve handling of malformed data.

v0.0.9 MIT licensed on GitHub.

You can invite @covbot:shortestpath.dev to your own room to catch the latest.

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server. Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1imninja.net341
2envs.net342
3maescool.be346
4nct08.de420
5maunium.net454
6utzutzutz.net463
7pixie.town496
8shortestpath.dev508
9selfhosted.eu618
10swag.industries684

Final Thoughts 💭

Last week we featured a new stickerpack, Isabella, check out the composite image below!

isabella-monero-girl-all

I got to use a sneak preview of Riot nightly on Electron earlier, look out for more news on that soon if that's your thing.

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

This Week in Matrix 2020-03-06

06.03.2020 00:00 — This Week in Matrix Ben Parsons

Matrix Live 🎙

Dept of Servers 🏢

Dendrite / gomatrixserverlib

Neil Alexander said:

  • Initial support for building for WASM with the P2P demo has been merged into the Dendrite master branch
  • Initial State Resolution v2 code has been merged into gomatrixserverlib master branch, with wiring for Dendrite to follow shortly
  • Further room version support is in progress
  • Error logging now actually reports where errors happened
  • A minor bug in the sync API has been fixed
  • gomatrixserverlib now doesn't make unnecessary key requests over federation

matrix-media-repo

TravisR told us:

matrix-media-repo has early support for IPFS! Currently it's only gateway support, but in the coming days it should be possible to also upload into the IPFS world. See https://github.com/turt2live/matrix-media-repo/issues/115#issuecomment-593772429 for details.

Synapse

richvdh said:

A busy week in Synapse this week! We've released Synapse 1.11.1 to fix a security problem with single-sign-on, Patrick has been putting the finishing touches to the room-alias-spam mitigation measures in MSC2432, and Erik has been doing some exciting work in replacing the inter-process replication protocol for worker-based deployments.

We've also started the design work on single-sign-on support for user-interactive-auth, which we'll be starting implementation work on next week.

Also:

Oh hello... is that Synapse replicating data streams using Redis, paving the way to multi-master Synapse clustering for arbitrary horizontal scalability!?! 😍 pic.twitter.com/E7pcFWQEgC

— Matrix (@matrixdotorg) March 6, 2020

Synapse Deployment 📥

multi arch synapse docker image

Black Hat announced:

I finally remembered to update my multi arch synapse docker image to 1.11.0. Now with more architectures!

Docker-matrix

Mathijs offered:

The image for synapse 1.11.1 is now available as avhost/docker-matrix:v1.11.1 and mvgorcum/docker-matrix:v1.11.1. As always these images use jemalloc and mjolnir anti-spam.

Dept of Bridges 🌉

Matrix Icinga notifier

Oleg told us:

Send notifications from Icinga(1,2) to a Matrix room.

v1.2.0

  • Changed POST to PUT for sending the message to comply with the spec (https://matrix.org/docs/api/client-server/#!/Room32participation/sendMessage)

Roadmap

  • New, cool templates from @micha:msqu.de
  • Rewrite in Go and gomatrix (https://github.com/matrix-org/gomatrix) to have a static binary

mx-puppet-slack

sorunome said:

mx-puppet-slack supports xoxc tokens now! That means you are able to bridge slack workspaces without the need of legacy tokens or oauth - no permission from the workspace admins are required for those!

mx-puppet-bridge

mx-puppet-bridge is a general bridging library that supports (double)bridging and relays. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for others to bridge new third-party protocols to matrix. Support room Donate

sorunome offered:

  • Added optional parsing of file metadata (filling in the info block) for images, video and audio (requires ffprobe to be installed)
  • Adding advanced relays --> protocol implementations can e.g. use webhooks to display relayed messages more nicely
  • Add userlist syncing options for rooms

mx-puppet-discord

  • Use the advanced relay to bridge relay messages using webhooks
  • Implement userlist syncing: The userlist on matrix now accurately reflects the discord members in that room

Mumble Bridge

There is a simple Mumble-Matrix Bridge available.

A simple Matrix to Mumble bridge. It sends messages between bridged rooms and tells you when people join / leave Murmur.

Written in TypeScript and based on matrix-appservice-bridge.

The creator, mymindstorm said:

Hello again, I made a public room at #mumble-bridge:evermiss.net

Dept of Clients 📱

gomuks

Tulir announced:

gomuks now supports sending replies, reactions and redactions with commands. You can either run the command (e.g. /react 👍️) first and then select the message with up/down arrows and enter, or you can click on a message to select it first and then run the command.

Ditto v0.3.0 Release

Annie offered:

Ditto is a user-friendly Matrix client for iOS and Android.

Updates

  • Long press to show button for leaving a room
  • Data is stored on the device, you can now browse offline
  • More helpful error messages on login failure
  • Show if a chat has unread messages in chat list
  • Send typing notifications
  • Send read receipts
  • and a lot of other major code-quality things!

See the full list of changes here

Help Wanted

In general, we'll welcome any help if someone would like to contribute - great way to get some experience with React Native! Just reach out!

If anybody has the skill set or interest, we are also looking at creating a React Native specific Matrix SDK to improve performance and allow others to develop RN clients easily.

Website | #ditto:ditto.chat | Contact Annie

RiotX

benoit said:

We have fixed several errors on file and media sending/downloading/sharing. Also we are still working on cross-signing and e2e stabilization.

Riot-iOS

Manu said:

Riot-iOS: We have fixed an issue with push notifications but we are still investigating rageshake logs before doing the release. In parallel, we are still working on cross-signing: QR code and Secret Sharing.

Nheko

Nheko is a desktop client using Qt, Boost.Asio and C++17. It supports E2EE (with the notable exception being device verification for now) and intends to be full featured and nice to look at

Nico (@deepbluev7:neko.dev) reported:

  • We welcomed adasauce as an official member to the Nheko project on Github! Adasauce has been working on a lot of the smaller annoyances and layout issues.
  • Adasauce started working on configuring what events get shown in the timeline on a per room or account wide basis.
  • We have merged the dev branch to master, because it confused a lot of people. If your packages use 0.7.0-dev, now is the time to switch
  • red_sky merged the dev branch and started updating everything, that depends on this branch. This includes the AUR package and our Weblate instance (for translations).
  • Nheko now has experimental support for MSC2448. This adds a blurry preview for images (and videos) sent via nheko directly into the event body (at the cost of ~30 bytes). This considerably reduces latency until clients show something, that isn't an empty box, to preview media, since downloading the media over federation and generating a thumbnail has positive latency.
  • Avatars should now not be blurry when using display scaling. Please report, if this is still happening to you (in the timeline or room list, there is a known issue with the user profile dialog and servers that don't do dynamic thumbnailing)
  • Misc fixes and translation updates from multiple contributors.

Various Riot-theme news

Dylan told us:

Selenized Light, Dark, and Black for Riot! If you have your own build of riot-web you can simply modify the config.json and add this theme to it!

I particularly like the Selenized Dark:

2020-03-06-kxlmu-image.png

Nord Light Theme for Riot is also available from Dylan:

Aaron said:

Dylan created #riot-web-themes:m.dhdf.dev

If you use https://github.com/spantaleev/matrix-docker-ansible-deploy/ it will automatically download and install all of the themes just by setting matrix_riot_web_themes_enabled: true

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

simplematrixlib

swedneck reported:

i have updated simplematrixlib and py-matrix-utils adding (among other things) the ability to upload and download media, and send messages! Simplematrixlib is available on PyPi.

simplematrixlib now also has a matrix room, #simplematrixlib:matrix.org (also used for py-matrix-utils)

Dept of Ops 🛠

Kubernetes

Ananace announced:

Another image bump, this time to 1.11.1 The accompanying Helm chart I've been writing has sadly gotten rather delayed due to prioritisations at work, so might be a bit until then.

Dept of Bots 🤖

OBS bot

msirringhaus told us:

During last hackweek, I wrote a chat bot integration in Rust for openSUSEs Open Build Service. OBS is used for development of the openSUSE distribution and can build packages from the same sources for Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise and other distributions.

The bot follows given packages and pull requests and pings a room if any changes occur (build finished, PR got commented or accepted, ..).

Sources can be found here, RPMs exist as well.

Dept of Interesting Projects 🛰

Matrix Notepad v0.2.1

KB1RD reported:

  • Fixes some bugs
  • Adds a new theme
  • Allows the editing of room names

Unfortunately, there still are bugs. Sorry ;(

2020-03-06-CGTyV-Screenshotfrom2020-02-2812.39.52.png

2020-03-06-oTyHd-Screenshotfrom2020-02-2812.41.03.png

Final Thoughts 💭

There's a new stickerpack available in Riot, Diego "rehrar" Salazar offered:

Isabella the Monero Girl is a fun sticker pack made by Cypher Stack designed to be cute, fun, and used by anyone. We hope you enjoy emoting with Isabella.

We'll have a cool image and more info next week.

Tulir offered:

also working on mautrix-manager, although I'm not sure if/when that'll be ready for general usage

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server. Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1envs.net378.5
2maescool.be379
3gottliebtfreitag.de391.5
4dodsorf.as397
5imninja.net418
6maunium.net437
7shortestpath.dev445
8midov.pl455.5
9ocean.joedonofry.com458
10wcore.org469

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

Moznet IRC is dead; long live Mozilla Matrix!

03.03.2020 21:49 — In the News Matthew Hodgson
Last update: 03.03.2020 18:09

Hi all,

Heads up that yesterday at 12:00 ET, the Mozilla IRC network was switched off after over 22 years of valiant service, and the mozilla.org Matrix instance is now in full production. You can get at it via the Riot instance at https://chat.mozilla.org, by pointing your client at https://mozilla.modular.im, or by joining rooms on the mozilla.org server over federation via its room directory.

We'd like to thank Mozilla again for putting their faith in Matrix, and are determined to do everything we can to ensure we're a more than worthy successor to IRC; we have big boots to fill :)

We've been gathering a huge amount of invaluable FTUE (first time user experience) feedback from the commentary in #synchronicity:mozilla.org - and we're in the process of implementing it over the coming weeks. In particular, we've already implemented alphabetic room ordering, custom theming support, and done a bunch more SSO work.

The immediate priorities include:

  • Fixing a regression in jumps/jank when scrolling (fix PRed to develop today)
  • Enabling Mozilla IAM SSO authentication on remaining "interactive user auth" flows (e.g. managing devices)
  • Fixing the UX around selecting server when browsing the room directory.
  • Fixing notification defaults, behaviour and settings UX
  • Better educating users to connect to the mozilla.modular.im if using a random app.

Finally, it's worth noting that the matrix-ircd project is seeing some commits again, many thanks to jplatte from the Ruma project - so if you are currently despairing the demise of moznet, never fear: you may yet be able to connect to the Mozilla matrix server via IRC (authing via Mozilla IAM, of course) and pretend that none of this newfangled Matrix stuff exists :D

Please keep the feedback coming in #synchronicity:mozilla.org - we're gathering it all up into Github (under the mozilla label) as well as a high level Google Doc to help collate everything.

thanks,

- The Matrix Core Team.

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